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New Year's Eve Parties - Top 10 Moments

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by Eleanor Healing (subscribe)
I'm a student currently living in Leeds.
For adults and students
Since the age of 17, I've loved New Year's Eve parties. For me, it's a chance to drink, socialise, and eat up all the leftovers from Christmas. However, despite being ridiculously fun, these parties will always end up pretty chaotic and full of very strange, uninhibited occurrences involving drunken guests. So here are my Top 10 moments, which will undoubtedly make an appearance at every New Year's Eve party...

1. A Jason Mraz wannabe will magically find a guitar...
You will wonder where that instrument came from or if the house even contained one in the first place. At parties, guitars seem to materialise out of nowhere, ready for a drunken teenager to take the stage (or sofa) and treat everybody to a drunken rendition of 'Love Will Tear Us Apart' by Joy Division, or 'Creep' by Radiohead. This will continue on an agonising loop until somebody either breaks the guitar, or the entire audience leaves to hunt for more snacks.

2. Inappropriate jokes will send you reeling
I can't give specific examples of these in polite company, but I can provide a photographic example from last year's New Year's Eve party at my friend's house. I will say nothing, except for the fact that it references a grotesque horror film, banned in several countries:
I don't want to explain how this came into existence...

3. Auld Lang Syne singalong
This will occur especially if older and more mature family members are present. Even if you don't know the words, just drone along in a drunken manner and hug everybody.

4. Somebody will make stick-men out of the canapés
They will also name him, and make him talk.
The latest addition to the party.

5. Photos of body parts will mysteriously appear on your camera...
I'm not in any way referring to explicit photos here, I'm talking about photos of feet, legs and close-ups of eyes. If you set a drunk friend the task of care-taking your camera, then these photos will undoubtedly appear.
How did this get on my camera?

6. At some point in the night, the party will be taken outside
Whether the neighbours have fireworks, it starts snowing, or somebody decides to go for a grumpy walk, you will find that some of the guests disappear and only emerge when they get too cold or want to get more intoxicated.

7. If you are of a legal drinking age, the night will be pretty hazy
Perfectly illustrated in the photo below:
Too much champagne...

8. Somebody will cry
Whether it's tears of sentimentality, extreme joy, or the realisation of how old you really are, New Year's Eve is full of raw emotions and reflections of the years gone by.

9. Somebody will break out the best wine without permission
This is always painfully aggravating for adults, also embarrassing for the thief, who ends up absurdly drunk and slumped, asleep in a corner. Make sure you hide your best alcohol away, especially if there are troublesome teenagers in the house.
Naughty wine-raider.

10. The Cha-Cha Slide will be stuck on the party playlist, and you will dance to it!
As well as this, Christmas songs will also make an impromptu comeback, especially for the party!
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Why? I'm sure these have all happened at a party near you!
When: 31st December, and into the early hours of the morning
Where: Whoever decides to host this year.
Your Comment
Funny but so true :)
by Roli Kapoor Rodhan (score: 1|17) 2115 days ago
You are so right!
by Oxford Explorer (score: 2|655) 2118 days ago
funny article!
by Ms. Samantha (score: 2|362) 2114 days ago
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